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Big Bus London hop-on hop-off open top tours

Exclusive discount on this site for multiple day trips on open top double deck London sightseeing bus

Big Bus London Open Top Sightseeing Bus with 10% discount code!

Hop-on hop-off: use Big Bus London to see London's major sights

Big Bus London hop-on hop-off sightseeing tour

The Big Bus London hop-on hop-off service is one of the three London hop-on, hop-off sightseeing tours operating in London, the others being Original Tour and Golden Tours.


Big Bus offer discounted tickets if you buy in advance online. In addition if you use our Big Bus discount code you also gain an extra 10% off the online price, meaning a 20% saving overall from the walk-up value.

Big Bus safety measures during COVID-19

As the UK vaccination programme gathers momentum to combat Covid-19, London should be reopening soon. Hop on hop off bus services are currently suspended, but once allowed to operate they will provide one of the safest ways to see the capital. Travelling in the open air and distanced from other passengers will help ensure your experience is a safe one.

Visit Britan has put together safety guidlines which reputable companies like Big Bus has signed up to. You can see what procedures have been put in place on their "Good to Go" safety video. This should help to reassure you and also give you an idea of what to expect when services resume.

Big Bus London - what's included in your ticket:

  • Unlimited travel for 1,2 or 3 calendar days on the Big Bus sightseeing bus network that visits all major attractions in central London

  • Discount for buying tickets in advance online from the official website plus money saving Big Bus plus major attraction combination tickets

  • 4 high frequency daily open top sightseeing routes that feature live, English speaking guides and/or pre-recorded commentary in 12 languages.

  • A short river cruise on the River Thames to see major sights from a different perspective.

  • A guided walking tour covering hidden parts of London the bus cannot reach.

Comparison table of London's hop-on bus prices 2021

Big Bus London Tour Tickets

What you need to know about Big Bus London tickets

Types of Big Bus tickets

These are three ticket types: Classic, Premium and Deluxe which are for 1, 2 or 3 calendar days respectively.


The calendar day system works on the basis that if you purchase before 3pm your ticket will be valid until the end of the day (depending on service schedule, usually between 4.30-5.30pm all year round).


If you purchase a ticket after 3pm however, the ticket is valid for 24 hours (so if 3pm purchased, would be valid until 3pm the following day), because it allows for overnight (when buses are not in use).


This is different from the other two tour operators (Golden Tours and Original Tour) who both run their tickets for 24-hour periods irrespective of what time you start.


All three ticket types cover unlimited use of all of the Big Bus open top sightseeing buses and you can join a choice of walking tours and board the river cruise once during the validity of the ticket.


The advance purchase discounted tickets are valid for six months, you are not committed to a particular day of travel until you board the first bus.

The multi-day tickets are contiguous. So, if you buy a 3-day ticket, the ticket is valid for 3 consecutive days from the day you activate the ticket.

Big Bus London Tour Exclusive 10% discount code

Big Bus advance discounted tickets - how it works

Although you can buy tickets on the day from staff at the bus stops or from hotel concierges and visitor centres you can save yourself 10% by purchasing from the Big Bus official website (see banner link above.)


If you use our promotion code (right) you will also save yourself an additional 10% - saving 20% altogether from the normal walk-up price.


You pay for your tickets on the website in advance to receive your 10% Big Bus discount. The payment is by credit/debit card at the time of purchase. You can either have the tickets e-mailed to you or sent by SMS to your mobile phone.


The ticket you receive is valid for six months from the day of payment.

On the day you want to use the ticket you walk up to any Big Bus bus stop with your printed tickets or mobile phone containing the SMS tickets.

On boarding the bus or with the Big Bus representative at the bus stop you exchange your paper/SMS ticket for your Big Bus tickets that start on that calendar day.


Save money with Big Bus London

Big Bus London and Madame Tussaud comination ticket

Combine your Big Bus hop-on tour with a trip to Madame Tussauds and save time and money

As well as the 10% discount for buying online from the Big Bus official website, there are other ways you can stretch your sightseeing budget with Big Bus.

Big Bus + attraction combination tickets

You can save money during the ticket ordering process by purchasing tickets to major attractions like the London Eye and Madame Tussauds.


As well as saving money, the really popular attractions in London like these two have very long waiting lines so this option can save you time as well as money.

Big Bus + attraction combination deals

Winter hop on hop off sightseeing tour promotions

In the winter months, November to March, historically all three London hop on hop off sightseeing services have offered a very good promotion along the lines of an extra day free or 2 days for the price of 1.


It is not guaranteed to happen, but as soon as one company starts offering this promotion the others follow suit.

So, if you are travelling outside the peak summer months, keep your eyes open for this promotion.


Golden Tours and Big Bus included in the London Pass

London Pass Sightseeing Information

The London Pass is a flat rate sightseeing pass to many (but not all) of London's main sightseeing attractions. You can buy a London Pass for 1, 2, 3, 6 or 10 day durations.

The London Pass gives you entry into more than 60 London tourist attractions and a river cruise on the River Thames.


The London Pass also now includes use of either Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off bus for one calendar day, whatever the duration of the London Pass.

Key points of the London Pass HoHo bus offer

  • You can choose to ride on the Golden Tours or Big Bus hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus for one calendar day. Original London Tour is not covered.

  • The HoHo bus offer is for one calendar day not for 24 hours.

  • Most people use the HoHo facility on the first day of their London Pass, but there is nothing stopping using it on another day when the London Pass is valid.

  • The HoHo bus offer with London Pass doesn't include the walking tours and river cruises included in the standard tickets issued by the HoHo companies concerned, only the bus tour (but you do get a river cruise included in the London Pass separately anyway)

  • You show your London Pass to the driver or tour guide of the first bus you board. They will scan your London Pass and issue you with a separate ticket for the bus company concerned valid for the rest of the day. You cannot switch to the other bus company once you have made your first journey.

London Pass more details

Big Bus London Tour Tickets


Big Bus Tour - how long does it take? Start and end times and map

With over 40 stops across 4 different routes, you'll have plenty of opportunities to hop off the bus and explore the London landmarks and attractions that appeal to you most.

With some seasonal variations the routes start at around 8.10am and end at 5pm. Do factor in that the main routes take around 2.5 hours to complete, often longer.


In common with all hop on sightseeing buses there is no evening service included in the standard ticket. Although in the summer months a rudimentary night service may run, this is ticketed separately.

Note, route changes happen relatively frequently and there are always events in London (especially Sundays) where road closures can impact the operation of tours. So do check the Big Bus website just prior to travelling which will highlight known issues in advance.


English speaking guides and audio guides and languages

On the red route you'll enjoy live, English-speaking guides as well as informative digital commentary, available in 12 languages and broadcast via complimentary headphones. On other routes just the audio guides are made available.


The audio commentary is available in English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, Polish, Arabic, Hindi, Japanese, Mandarin and Russian.

Free Wi-Fi

There is free Wi-Fi across the entire fleet of Big Bus London.

Free river cruise with City Cruises

Big Bus free river cruise with City Cruises

Big Bus free river cruise with City Cruises

A complimentary river cruise (lasting around thirty minutes) is included in your Big Bus London ticket.


City Cruises offers customers of Big Bus London a free cruise on the River Thames.

The cruise includes live commentary and enables you to see London and its attractions from a different perspective. Tower Bridge, HMS Belfast, Shakespeare's Globe and the Tate Modern art gallery are some highlights that line the riverside. City Cruises depart from Westminster (Big Ben), Waterloo (London Eye) and Tower of London.

The River Cruise between Westminster Pier (Big Ben) and the Tower of London departure times vary, but are about every 20 minutes in the summer and every 30-40 minutes in the winter.


Note: If you purchase a Premium or Deluxe ticket you will be able to travel as far as Greenwich Pier (but please note that there is no Big Bus Tours stop at Greenwich).

Daily walking tour - The Royal Walk, 10am daily

Your Big Bus London Sightseeing Tour includes a daily walking tour, led by a friendly Big Bus guide, guided in English.


Departs from: Trafalgar Square (stop 8 – Red Route)

Lasts approximately 1.5 hours.


Walk in the footsteps of the British Royal Family and the politicians of today and yesteryear as you journey past many of London’s most exciting Royal and political addresses.


Wind from Trafalgar Square among the smart addresses of Carlton Gardens before arriving at the majesty of the Mall and St James’s Park, ending under the archway of Horse-guard’s Parade to Whitehall.


You will have the opportunity to see the spectacle of the Changing of the Guards on the days when it takes place.


Big Bus London Tour Tickets

Big Bus v Original London Tour v Golden Tours

Comparison of London's Sightseeing Buses

There are three London hop on hop off sightseeing buses all offering a very similar product in very similar buses. However, there are differences beyond small differences in price.

In terms of London coverage all three HoHo sightseeing bus operations visit the same areas and all the main London attractions.

There is some difference in ticketing, some have their standard ticket on calendar days, some on 24-hour blocks.


Golden Tours operate a one lap of the main sightseeing route product with no hop-on, hop-off facility for those who just want to get orientated with London, its layout and main sights.

There are differences in the walking tours offered, and two different river cruise operators are used. Outside the core bus routes, each operator has their own unique differences which may sway one operator over another.


Click through on the banner for a thorough discussion on the differences between companies.


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